Making a complaint about the police

Should you require the assistance of a solicitor to draft and pursue a police complaint on your behalf, our Crime and Regulatory team can help.

Over the past few years we have seen newspapers and headlines littered with police misconduct allegations, and findings, spanning from racism to the committal of serious criminal offences.

Most Police Officers go into the profession to protect and serve members of public.

Unfortunately, there is a large number of Police employees who abuse their position of power or are unfamiliar with procedure, which in turn leads to significant failings.

This is demonstrated by a number of incidents including but not limited to: the tragic murder of Sarah Everard by a serving Police Officer; the resignation of Cressida Dick as the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the Special Measures imposed on Greater Manchester Police in 2020 for failure to record 80,000 crimes.

Police Officers are held to a higher standard than those in other professions due to the devastating impact inadequacy, corruption and transgression has on not only the organisation but also the general public.

To seek support in making a complaint about the police, both drafting and pursuing it, reach out to our team.

You can fill in the form opposite or call us on 0161 969 3131.

NB: You cannot get legal aid for police complaints.

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How to make a complaint about the police

Police complaints can be made to the Chief Constable of the relevant Force or directly to the IOPC (Independent Office for Police Conduct).

The process can be daunting and, at times, confusing.

Being subjected to a criminal investigation, or waiting for the Police to investigate a crime you have reported, is stressful enough without the additional concern for an Officer’s conduct.

You are entitled to instruct a solicitor to assist you with the complaint who can alleviate this burden and ensure that your complaint is investigated and resolved appropriately.


Common failings and complaints

  • Breach of PACE
  • Unlawful arrests
  • Unlawful seizures
  • Misuse of the powers of entry
  • Failing to investigate lines of enquiry
  • Perjury
  • Collusion
  • Disclosure failings
  • Racism, homophobia, sexism and ableism

Our Expertise

In the last year Slater Heelis’ Crime and Regulatory department has dealt with approximately 30 complaint worthy cases and enquiries.

Most recently, a complaint has been made to Greater Manchester Police’s Chief Constable and the IOPC following significant failings by the Officer in the Case in regard to disclosure.

The client had been charged with an offence of rape after having being under investigation for 2 years. It wasn’t until the first day of Trial, in the Crown Court, that the Prosecution revealed that the Officer had not disclosed evidence so significant that it resulted in the case being dropped.

This failing not only had a substantial financial impact on the client’s family but also resulted in the deterioration of his mental health and personal relationships.

For guidance on making a complaint about the police, our team are happy to help and create a robust complaint to seek justice for their misconduct.

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